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Children and young people hub at Florence Court

A close up view of a row of upturned boots with a child walking across. Only their wellies and bottom half of legs are visible
Children enjoying outdoor play | © National Trust Images / Annapurna Mellor

Florence Court is a centre of excellence for the delivery of innovative education programmes. We offer a variety of interactive learning opportunities linked to Foundation Year, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 which are appropriate for the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland curriculum.

Children can learn about the ‘upstairs downstairs’ society and discover more about the Cole family who lived here for over 200 years, including the generations of staff who worked for the family. Or, enjoy the opportunity to discover more about the great outdoors with the abundance of flora, fauna and wildlife that make Florence Court their home. An educational visit to Florence Court is interactive, fun, indoors and outdoors, and most of all a memorable learning experience.

Our interactive learning programmes run from March to December and vary in duration from 2-3 hours.

Children, education, Foxbury, summer
Children exploring | © John Millar

Foundation Years

Trusty’s Trail

Duration: 2 hours

Follows the trail of Trusty the hedgehog around the gardens to learn about nature and the 5 senses.

Key Stage 1

Nature Safari

Duration: 2 hours This programme allows pupils to explore the natural world and examine our impact on the planet by taking part in a mini beast hunt and exploring animal habitats.

A Busy Day at Florence Court House

Duration: 2 hours

Learn what life was like long ago at Florence Court House. Through role play pupils will gain insight into the work of the servants in the laundry, kitchen, ironing room etc as they prepare for the Cole family christening. In addition, pupils will experience what school was like over 100 years ago, and then enjoy toy-time.

Secrets of Spring

Duration: 2 hours

Combines art and science to explore springtime themes, such as seasonal change, nests and eggs and an outdoor trail.

Harvest Time

Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours

Learn how the Florence Court servants celebrated Hallowe’en and the end of the harvest through art activities and dance. Pupils also take part in an outdoor trail and discover the seasonal changes taking place.

Key Stage 2

Water Explorers

Duration: 3 hours

An investigation into the importance of water as a habitat and a precious resource. Pupils will spend time pond dipping and examining their finds! See how water was harnessed on the estate by exploring our working sawmill, hydraulic ram and ice house. Emphasis on eco-systems, wildlife and human impact.

Woodland Explorers

Duration: 3 hours

An exploration of the importance and value of woodlands as a habitat for wildlife. Pupils will be investigating leaf litter, tree identification, plant mapping, human impact and conservation.

Christmas at Florence Court

Duration: 2-2.5 hours

By making handmade creations and meeting the cook in the Servants’ Hall as she prepares for Christmas, pupils learn how the Victorians influenced our Christmas traditions.

Education Group Access Pass

The Education Group Access Pass supports the National Trust to look after the special places you will visit, like Florence Court. This annual membership is for not-for-profit groups, for-profit groups, or home educators whose members, pupils or students are in full-time education.

Education Group Access Pass members receive a discount on any National Trust led visits booked with us.

Cost of school bookings

With Educational Group Access Pass – £2 per child

Without Educational Group Access Pass - £4 per child

Accompanying adults are free

How do I book?

Make your booking enquiry at Please include your school name, contact details, date required and number of children you wish to attend. We’ll then be in touch to plan the visit for your group.